Monday, May 12, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 65 Tuesday

And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, ... (verse 16)

Isaiah chapter 51

Does God issue any commands?

  • God wants all who follow after righteousness to listen to Him when His prophets speak.
  • God tells His people to not be afraid of the reproach of men. (verse 7)
  • God calls Jerusalem to awaken! (verse 17)

Does God make any promises?

  • God will comfort Zion. The redeemed will come there with singing and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy and sorrow and mourning shall flee away!
  • God promised that His salvation and righteousness will never end!
  • The reproachful men shall cease. (verse 8)
  • God covers the redeemed in the shadow of His hand. (verse 16)
  • God will turn the tables upon those who oppress Israel. (verses 22-23)

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • The righteous are compared to a hewn rock and clay dug out of a hole. Jesus is called the Rock in scripture and Genesis tells us that we were taken from the dust of the earth and that we are made in His image. It seems a pretty fitting description for anyone who is called a Christian!
  • Jesus is the law that proceeded from God. (verse 4)
  • Jesus is God's righteousness, His salvation, and His arms. (verse 5)
  • Jesus is God and He comforts us. (verse 12)
  • Jesus is the LORD, our maker and the creator of the earth. (verse 13)
  • Jesus is the LORD of hosts. (verse 15)

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Many of the promises in this chapter concerning Israel may have already been fulfilled but they will ultimately and finally be fulfilled in the Millennium and upon the New Earth. Desert places will be made to be like Eden. There will be joy and gladness. Celebratory and praise singing will be constant.
  • The heavens will vanish away like smoke and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner, but God's salvation shall be forever and His salvation shall never be abolished. (verse 6)
  • The redeemed will come with singing unto Zion. Their joy will be everlasting. there will be no more sorrow or mourning! (verse 11)

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Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalms 19:14 (KJV)